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Amazon to buy GoodReads

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goodreadsExciting news! According to Galleycat, yesterday Amazon reached an agreement to buy the popular social networking site GoodReads, which we mentioned in our recent article about social media.

Here’s what the press release says:

“Amazon and Goodreads share a passion for reinventing reading,” said Russ Grandinetti, Amazon Vice President, Kindle Content. “Goodreads has helped change how we discover and discuss books and, with Kindle, Amazon has helped expand reading around the world. In addition, both Amazon and Goodreads have helped thousands of authors reach a wider audience and make a better living at their craft. Together we intend to build many new ways to delight readers and authors alike.”

 

“Books – and the stories and ideas captured inside them – are part of our social fabric,” said Otis Chandler, Goodreads CEO and co-founder. “People love to talk about ideas and share their passion for the stories…

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Kindle Direct Publishing launches beta of cover creation tool

TomAlanBrosz

Article at “The Digital Reader.”

One of the hardest parts of self-publishing is generating a good cover, either for paper books or digital ones. Places like Createspace and Lulu, among others, already have “cover wizards.”

You can certainly get a workable cover out of these “wizards,” but in my opinion it’s worth the effort to learn how to generate the artwork yourself, or at least hire it done. For one thing, there may be rights issues involved in reusing a cover created by a particular format’s “wizard” for another format. For another, you’re never going to get as much originality from a “wizard” as you can from real artwork.

Artwork for paper books, using the “one piece cover” art method, is hard to lay out. A one-piece cover is what you get by basically flattening the book out, or in the case of a book with a dust jacket, by…

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Self-Publishing Simplified: How to Publish a Book on Kindle [Kindle Edition]

An author’s guide to writing, publishing and promoting your Kindle book

By: Deborah H. Bateman

About the Book

Self-Publishing Simplified: How to Publish a Book on KindleSelf-Publishing Simplified: How to Publish a Book on Kindle is a Kindle eBook about how author Deborah H. Bateman went from being a blogger to a published author using Kindle Direct Publishing. Deborah tells a little about her journey from blogging to becoming an author and also shares the steps to writing, publishing, and marketing a book with Kindle Direct Publishing in order to empower other authors, and aspiring authors to publish their books.

Benefits of Reading: Self-Publishing Simplified

  • You will be led to consider what your passion is.
  • You will learn about building an online platform.
  • You will learn the elements required for a Kindle eBook.
  • You will learn step-by-step how to publish a Kindle eBook.
  • You will learn how to market your book once it is published.
  • You will learn about the Kindle Direct Publishing Select Program.
  • You will learn how to promote your book for the KDP free days.
  • You will be encouraged to write, publish, and promote your book.

About the Author

Deborah H. BatemanDeborah H. Bateman is an Author, publisher, blogger and website designer. Deborah was born and raised in South Carolina, where she still resides with her husband. She has two beautiful daughters and five precious grandchildren. Besides writing and publishing books, Deborah enjoys cooking, interior decorating, and crafts.

Deborah has published five books in the Daily-Bible-Reading Series, they are: “The Book of Ruth: A Story of Love and Redemption,” “The Book of Esther: A Story of Love and Favor,” “Beatitudes: How to Live a Blessed Life,” and “Finding Our Identity in Christ,” “The Book of Ezra: A Story of Provision and Protection,” and “Psalm 119: Thy Word is a Lamp unto My Feet.” She has published one book about self-publishing. It is called: “Self-Publishing Simplified: How to Publish a Book on Kindle.”

Deborah is the founder of Christian Daily Resources, a Christian online ministry dedicated to “Sharing God’s Word”. Deborah is the author of Daily-Bible-Reading blog and Bible Verse Tweet blog where she shares daily Bible studies and Bible verses. at: http://daily-bible-reading.com and http://bibleversetweet.com Also, you can check out her website at: http://ChristianDailyResources.com. Deborah looks forward to “Sharing God’s Word” with you.

Check out Deborah’s author site at: http://DeborahHBateman.com/. Deborah also has a blog on her author site where she shares self-publishing tips, digital publishing tips, indie publishing tips, book marketing tips, writing tips, and social media tips check it out at: http://DeborahHBateman.com/blog

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Posted by on January 29, 2013 in Amazon, kindle, Self Publishing

 

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Reflections on the Print vs. Digital Book Debate

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By Yonatan Gordon

While I had in mind about a week ago to write an article in honor of 24 Tevet–this year being the 200th anniversary since the passing of the Alter Rebbe, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi–the precise nature of this article only became clear on 24 Tevet itself. It was from an unlikely source, a Wall Street Journal article entitled “Don’t Burn Your Books—Print Is Here to Stay.”

It is well known that the Tanya was printed into book form de facto because of manuscript errors planted there by “sundry copyists.” It is also well know that the popularity of the Tanya immediately spread far and wide, selling out the initial print run of 15,000 copies. This essay doesn’t pretend to reconstruct the account. Rather our attempt here is to re-translate it for a new generation of tech savvy individuals.

If we abstract the circumstances surrounding the copying and subsequent printing of the…

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How To Publish On Amazon Using KD

Michael J Holley - Writer

Screen Shot 2013-01-02 at 21.35.38When I was planning out how much time I would need to publish my Christmas book, The Christmas Number One, I assumed I would need 2 days to publish on Amazon through KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing). That was thankfully over-estimated by a long way. It’s easy, quick, and if you have everything ready that I’m going to tell you about now, then you can do it in 30 minutes maximum.

It was so easy, in fact, that I was worried that I had done something wrong. In order to use KDP you must register first. This doesn’t take too long and it’s the usual stuff. (Make sure that you have your bank statement to hand in order to complete the international codes for your bank account) After you have registered, there are only 9 Sections to complete, and I’ll go through all of them here with you.

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